100 episodes

Altamar is dedicated to curating an informative discussion on how global issues impact all of us. The show avoids the typical Washingtonian US bias and talks about accelerating changes from a global perspective by featuring diverse guests on a range of foreign policy topics. We aim to rise above the polarization that detracts from the public’s understanding of crucial global issues. Hosted by political analyst Peter Schechter and columnist Muni Jensen.

Altamar - Navigating the High Seas of Global Politics Peter Schechter and Muni Jensen

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    • 4.9 • 57 Ratings

Altamar is dedicated to curating an informative discussion on how global issues impact all of us. The show avoids the typical Washingtonian US bias and talks about accelerating changes from a global perspective by featuring diverse guests on a range of foreign policy topics. We aim to rise above the polarization that detracts from the public’s understanding of crucial global issues. Hosted by political analyst Peter Schechter and columnist Muni Jensen.

    Is Non-Alignment Dead? The Case for Countries Not Picking a Side [S6, E11]

    Is Non-Alignment Dead? The Case for Countries Not Picking a Side [S6, E11]

    In a rapidly changing geopolitical environment, alliances are changing fast. The US, Russia, and China are using their influence to rally support from previously neutral countries. Increasingly, nations -- especially developing nations -- are forced to pick a side. Is non-alignment possible in an increasingly polarized world? Who are the fence sitters, and how long can they hedge their bets?
    The Altamar hosts are joined by Matias Spektor, founder and professor at the School of International Relations at Fundacao Getulio Vargas. Altamar’s ‘Téa’s Take’ by Téa Ivanovic examines the history of the Non-Aligned Movement.
     
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    • 38 min
    Great Britain’s Identity Crisis [S6, E10]

    Great Britain’s Identity Crisis [S6, E10]

    Several years into Brexit, the country has not found its footing politically, economically, and in its very soul. The UK is working to rebuild relationships with Europe while dealing with renewed calls for independence from Scotland and Northern Ireland. The economy has fared better than expected, even though inflation has resulted in a deep cost-of-living crisis. Rising economic inequality and anti-immigration sentiments add to the uncertainty.
    The Altamar hosts are joined by Jon Sopel, former award-winning BBC journalist and television personality. Altamar’s ‘Téa’s Take’ by Téa Ivanovic examines unfavorable youth views on the monarchy and economy. 
     
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    • 30 min
    NATO Veers North [S6, E9]

    NATO Veers North [S6, E9]

    Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine eroded the concept of neutrality as an effective policy in a polarized world. That’s especially true for countries in close geographic proximity to Russia. Recently, Finland joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, ending 100 years of neutrality. With 830 miles of border between Russia and Finland, NATO’s newest addition changes the strategic balance in Europe. These major geopolitical shifts are likely to outlast the actual Russian invasion of Ukraine. What does that mean for the global world order?
    The Altamar hosts are joined by Mika Sinuhe Wallinheimo, Finnish Member of Parliament since 2011. Altamar’s ‘Téa’s Take’ by Téa Ivanovic examines the increasingly conservative youth vote in Finland and Sweden.
     
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    • 31 min
    The Mexican Paradox [S6, E8]

    The Mexican Paradox [S6, E8]

    These days, Mexico is one contradiction after another. For example, President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador – or AMLO, as he is called – declared a rhetorical war on the private sector, yet the economy is holding on pretty well – at least for now. On the tourism front, it’s one of the world’s booming tourist destinations, despite travel advisories warning of drugs and crime at popular destinations. And on trade, the government is on a protectionist streak, yet the North American Free Trade Agreement was renegotiated. What’s really going on in Mexico?
    The Altamar hosts are joined by Jorge Guajardo, former Mexican diplomat and global savant. Altamar’s ‘Téa’s Take’ by Téa Ivanovic examines issues at the border between the US and Mexico.
     
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    • 35 min
    The Future of Work is Now [S6, E7]

    The Future of Work is Now [S6, E7]

    COVID-19 turned many workplaces and schools into virtual or hybrid environments. Artificial intelligence has become part of daily life with new products such as Chat GPT. The UK just had a hugely successful 4-day workweek trial. With all of these new developments, what is the future of work? But not every industry or every country will transform in the same way. We discuss what skills are needed, where and how we work, who will be the winners and losers, and, of course, how much of the world will actually change at all.

    Altamar hosts Peter Schechter and Muni Jensen are joined by Dany Bahar, an associate professor at Brown University and nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Altamar’s ‘Téa’s Take’ by Téa Ivanovic examines inequalities in the service industry.
     
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    • 37 min
    Nigeria: Trading Votes or Deeper Democracy [S6, E6]

    Nigeria: Trading Votes or Deeper Democracy [S6, E6]

    Nigeria’s presidential vote constituted one of the most closely watched and significant elections of the year. One of the world’s top oil producers, Nigeria has suffered political and economic upheaval since its independence from the UK in 1960. In lead up to this election, young people were galvanized, and many hoped for change. But then, the election was defined by a small margin, low turnout, and rampant corruption. There were widespread accounts of voter irregularities, sporadic violence at polling stations, disorderly delays, and other logistical issues. Why doesn’t the enthusiasm for change actually bring change to Nigeria? 
    Altamar hosts Peter Schechter and Muni Jensen are joined by Ayisha Osori, a Nigerian lawyer, international development consultant, and politician. Altamar’s ‘Téa’s Take’ by Téa Ivanovic examines the rise of Nigeria’s galvanized youth. 
     
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    • 33 min

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57 Ratings

57 Ratings

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Alta Mar brings stories and information that the herd doesn’t seem to fine. That makes the weekly podcast principal tool for those who want to be informed. Great job.

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Informative & fun

A rarely exceptional independent podcast! Informative and deep dives on major global issues.

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Foreign affairs unplugged

Level-headed, compelling analysis by two experts and their guests about the world around us - and why events over there matter over here (wherever here is).

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